Parish Announcements

Prayer of the Day

Holy God, you confound the world’s wisdom in giving your kingdom to the lowly and the pure in heart. Give us such a hunger and thirst for justice, and perseverance in striving for peace, that in our words and deeds the world may see the life of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany (Year A): today’s January 29, 2023 service will be lead by Pr. Meg Brogan, one of our incredible supply who is helping us out during this interim period. We are ever thankful to her for her service. If you would like to join us in person, Immanuel is opening its doors for worship which will be either on Zoom or live streamed. A bulletin has been emailed to regular members, but our online visitors may also follow the zoom service online HERE as we worship together. It is also recommended that you either view or print the service order out to use as an easy reference throughout worship.

Immanuel Annual Meeting – 2023 : will be held today, January 29th after worship. All members should already have the agenda and reports. If not, please email Ruth at to request them. Please make every attempt to attend either in person or on zoom. There are some very important issues and recommendations concerning the future of this congregation. All members will need to give serious thought to those issues and recommendations, and be prepared to give input and vote on them.

Mid-week coffee hour chat: Wednesday mornings at 10:00am beginning on July 6th  Michele Thomas will host a Zoom meeting for members to gather together and offer emotional support and prayers for any and all needs. This midweek coffee hour is intended to offer support to each other to face life’s challenges. All are welcome to attend.

Outreach Ministry to the Homeless:    Thanks to all of our volunteers who helped prepare for our last Dine & Connect dinner on December 26th. We had 23 walk-up guests and served 130 total meals to them and those sheltering down at the encampments near the base. We give thanks and praise always to our Lord for giving us the ability here at Immanuel to serve the hungry. Immanuel, in conjunction with the Dine & Connect Steering Committee, which consists of organizations like Building Futures, Operation Dignity, the greater Alameda Faith Community, and the City of Alameda, host monthly dinners for the homeless here in Alameda. The dinners are free and occur on the last Monday of the month here from the ILC Parish Hall. All dinners are dinners-to-go due to Covid-19 protocols. Our next dinner will be held tomorrow, Monday, January 30th from the new hours of 4 – 5pm. A limited number volunteers will be needed in all categories of hospitality from food prep to recycling & cleanup. Contact Terry for more information. There is a wonderful article in this weeks Synod Newsletter under Church Together found HERE. It is hoped and prayed for that this much needed ministry will be a small but important step in helping feed those who are hungry and unsheltered.

Upcoming Choral Concert: St. Olaf Choir under the direction of Anton Armstrong will be in concert on Saturday, February 4th, 2023 at 3pm at Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St. in San Francisco, California. Adults $40-$50, Students $10. For more ticket information, go to or (800) 363-5487.

New Pastor Update: Call Committee along with the Council are working on items needed to complete the call of a permanent part-time pastor. We are following Synod procedures as we finalize the chosen candidate and present her to the congregation.

All congregation members are welcome at Council meetings:  the next meeting will be on Thursday, January 12, 2023 on Zoom at 7PM. Call or email the church office to get the Zoom link to meetings.

Pledge or Donate to Immanuel: People can donate to Immanuel using PayPal. Visit our website,, for more details. It is important that our offerings continue to support our ministry. Donations can be sent to the church, 1910 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501, or drop them in the mail slot to the right of the metal gate on Santa Clara Ave.

Congregation Concerns:   Pastor Stephanie Johnson at Trinity Lutheran Church wants to remind Immanuel members she is available for pastoral care. If you need to talk to a minister, call her at 510-846-0883. It is important that our offerings continue to support our going forward. Please send your donations to the church, 1910 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501, or drop them in the mail slot to the right of the metal gate on Santa Clara Ave. For your safety, stay home as much as possible, wear a mask, watch your physical distance, wash your hands, and most importantly, stay well. 

CRECE: which is a program for Central American Refugee East Bay, distributes food to people in need every other Friday in our parking lot. Over 100 families from Oakland and Alameda receive food and the number is growing. The annual Christmas Toy Drive last month was a major success. Thanks to all who either made a donation or gave a toy to the drive. Tulio Serrano, our church custodian and president of CRECE uses Room 208 as office space to continue the work of helping Central American refugees in the East Bay. Donations are always greatly appreciated.

Worship Planning and Streaming: The Liturgy Committee suggests these actions: Immanuel will suspend live streaming services as a regular practice for the time being and continue to have zoomed communion services which will be led ‘in sanctuary’ by Pastors Crystal Larsen, Meg Brogan and Carol Been. Synod Update: The council met with Pr. Manda on Thursday, January 5th. It was decided that Immanuel would plan and setup additional meetings with the Call Committee and Pr. Crystal to discuss terms of the call and a financial package. We are currently holding ‘open-sanctuary’ zoomed services for the time being, and hope to move back to a live streamed service soon, where a limited number of members could celebrate in the sanctuary. Stay tuned for further details.

Grace Church, Alameda at Immanuel Lutheran Church: Grace Alameda led by Pastor Kai worships in the Parish Hall at 10AM. The congregation includes families with children, singles and seniors. Grace joins with Immanuel as we work together to convey the message of Christ to the Alameda Community.

Elected Council Officers for 2022: Andrew Thomas-President; Deanna Johe-Vice President; Michele Thomas-Treasurer; Ruth Dow and Judy Blank-Secretaries; Chris Kanbergs, (Terry O’Connor), and Judy Blank-Members-at-Large; Beth Greene-Member-at-Large for Building and Property Maintenance. Vacant positions-Financial Secretary. The budget for 2022 was approved with money for needed major building improvements included using funds from the sale of the parsonage. As Immanuel continues working with the Synod on getting a pastor, it was approved to begin discussions with Grace Church which rents our Parish Hall on their future plans and Immanuel’s part in those plans.

Church Council Members for 2022
President                     Andrew Thomas
Vice President             Deanna Johe
Secretary                     Ruth Dow
Treasurer                    Michele Thomas
Financial Secretary    Judy Blank
Member at Large         Ruth Dow (Outreach & Social Ministry)
Member at Large         Chris Kanbergs
Member at Large         (Terry O’Connor)
Member at Large         Beth Greene

Church Council openings were prayerfully offered and considered by the assembly. The monthly Council meetings are generally 1 to 1-1/2 hours in length. The positions are for a two-year commitment.

Church Property Maintenance Needs: Due to the coronavirus Immanuel has not held a work day, but some projects can be done by someone working alone. Let a Council member know if you would like to take on one of these:

  • 1. Door closer in the office needs repair;
  • 2. Clean out gutters;
  • 3. Repair kitchen door to Parish Hall backyard;
  • 4. Sand, refinish a few kitchen cabinet doors in poor condition;
  • 5. Remove weeds behind kitchen/parish hall and neighbor with weed whacker;
  • 6. Fix women’s bathroom drain;
  • 7. Repair toilet seal leak in the Parish Hall men’s bathroom;
  • 8. Add “Private Property” signs per insurance company suggestion;
  • 9. Paint over Korean church sign on Santa Clara.
  • 10. repair Parish Hall main heater.
  • 11. repair the women’s bathroom window.
  • 12. repair the gas leak in the sanctuary tower.
  • 13. repair the newly found water leak under the kitchen.
  • 14. purchase a sump pump for the church sub-basement.
  • 15. replace the two damaged furnaces in the church sub-basement.
  • 16. new gas line to Parish Hall furnaces
  • 17. new Sanctuary roof replacement
  • 18. structural support for the Sanctuary east wall
  • 19. Exterior patching, sealing and painting of the Sanctuary & Helen Room
  • 20. secure Sanctuary support beams to a new concrete foundation.
  • 21. tear down the old water heater closet and repair the outer wall
  • 22. construct a new stairway down to the church sub basement

Food Bank Sunday:    Immanuel regularly celebrates Food Bank Sunday on the first Sunday of every month. The Alameda Food Bank (AFB) has suspended community food donations, but will continue to receive any monetary donations for those in need. Please feel free to make a contribution to the Alameda Food Bank at any time.

Visionary Team Meeting:    will next briefly via an on-line conference call  on a date yet to be determined. Your ideas, thoughts, and prayers for the future of our parish are always welcomed, so please stay tuned for future notices in these announcements. And by all means, consider joining us in this incredible ministry. All are invited to participate.

Ladies Aid:    generally meets on the third Sunday of every month. Due to current health concerns the meetings will be held on an “as needed basis”. Please watch the announcements for any further updates.

Mens Group:    regularly meets on the 1st Saturday of every month at 10am at Marti’s Place, 1905-1/2 Encinal Ave. near Lafayette for fellowship and a little pastoral “checking in”. Our meetings have, of course, been suspended until after the health crisis. All men of the church are always welcome.

Worship and Music:    regularly meets on the 2nd Sunday of the month after Coffee Hour. Because of the recent COVID-19 health concerns the team will suspend any further meetings until the health crisis is over (God willing). Please feel free to join us at that time. All are welcome.

Son-Light PreSchool Advisory Team:    generally meets on Fridays. The next meetings will start up again after the health crisis is over. We meet in the Helen Room. All are welcome.

Son-Light PreSchool Teachers:    We pray for all of our teachers who have been laid off – Preschool Director Yvonne Brewer, Teachers Jean Benge,  Elaine Nye, and Monice Pernell. For the children & their families in our preschool program. Please keep them in your prayers

Organ Repair:   Thanks to all who donated to the first phase of our Werner Bosch, Opus 353 organ repair. Pledges and donations for the remaining 4 phases will still be graciously accepted. This wonderful instrument was donated and installed in 1965 by the Roth family for just under $85,000. To replace an instrument of this caliber and quality in today’s market would be significantly over $500,000. For further information, please talk to our Music Director, Terry O’Connor, or any Council member.

Immanuel Choir Sunday:    Immanuel regularly celebrates Choir Sunday on the last Sunday of every month and on the major Feast Days such as Easter & Christmas. Anyone who wishes to sing, or learn how to sing and read music, or play an instrument is encouraged to join. There are no auditions – simply a desire to sing or play music. We gather to warm-up at 9am, then sing for worship. Since worship services have been cancelled due to current health concerns, Choir Sunday won’t be held until further notice. However, if you’re interested, please contact Terry O’Connor, our Music Director, or email him anytime at

Recycling Program Change:   Recycling will be available by volunteer Walter McQuesten, 510-521-1356 with these requests. Plastic: CRV, empty and without lids; Aluminum: empty and bent, smashed or flattened; Glass bottles: clean and boxed. It’s good to recycle. Thank you for helping to cut down on landfill and help our planet.

Church Office Hours:   staffed by volunteers has been suspended. New hours have yet to be determined. If you need assistance, please call the office at (510) 523-0659 anytime and leave a message for staff or for our Council President, Andrew Thomas.

Coffee Hour and Altar Flowers:    Sign-up charts for Coffee Hour and Flowers has been suspended for 2021.

Last Sunday:    Attendance: +++    AFB Food Distribution : +++ lbs.

Prayer List: Gina Grossi, Clementine Jackson, Ann Miller Taylor, Don and Barbara Wilson, Marty Cosgriff, Nathan Gould, Linda Glasenapp, Charlotte Berndt, God’s protection for David Powell, Pastor Dot and Bill, God’s guidance for Cameron, healing for Helene Rabe with cancer, Henry and Gudrun Schamoni, Fred W. Taylor, Madeline McEntyre, Scott Tyler, Karen Wirth, Ehsanulla Shafaq for highest and best good, Jim Lynch, Jill Simmons, God’s Guidance for the best outcome for Rhea, Ron, Shirley Lustig, Susan Dienesch, Christine Fairless, Debra Finney and her mother, Barbara, who is in hospice, Karen Wirth and family on the death of her nephew, Roy Goldt and two children on the death of Marcia, Linda Fairless after her car accident, Chris Kanbergs and family on the death of her mother, Paul Koski, Michele Hansen, Marcel who is healing from heart surgery.

(Please call the church office to leave updates to the Prayer List)


“So do not fear,for I am with you; do not be dismayed , for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  Isaiah 41:10

God remains close and grace always abounds.  We have only to reach out to God through prayer and to one another via chats, Facebook, phone calls, texts.

I invite you to use some of this time to spend time with God as we wait this virus out.  Spend time in prayer.  Talking with God.  Renewing the one relationship that will see you through.  And then remember, as you might be tempted to grab up all the toilet paper, that God loves your neighbor, too.   Leave supplies for others.  Spend time in prayer for them.  We all need each other.  We all need God.  We will make it through this time together.